by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Maple Grove adapted floor hockey team ended a successful season with an appearance in the state tournament in Bloomington on March 15.
The Crimson lost to Burnsville/Lakeville/Farmington 13-1 in the opening game and fell to Owatonna 6-3 in the consolation.
Maple Grove ran into a red-hot team in the Cats in the quarterfinal. The Blazing Cats were fittingly “on fire” to begin the game, getting out to a quick 8-1 lead after one period of play.
The only goal of the game for Maple Grove came from the stick of junior winger Alex Kreidler with an assist by Jeremiah Kennedy.
Maple Grove goalie Jason Robins did his best to stop the Cats’ unrelenting offense, saving 51 shots.
The Crimson were into the consolation game the whole time but hit numerous pipes and posts and ended losing 6-3. Maple Grove got down early but never gave up. After facing a 3-0 deficit through one period, the Crimson relied on a balanced offensive attack to get back in the game. Kennedy, ninth grader Mark Bazile and senior defender Tasha Feigh all scored goals for Maple Grove.
Maple Grove ended a really strong season, finishing with a solid record of 9-4.
“We are very happy with the season,” Maple Grove coach Kelli Waalk said. “What coach would not be happy with a 9-2 season. With a small team, it’s a testament to how hard these kids worked.”
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